Letter to the Editor: Willie Dickerson

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Dear Editor,

(Re: “Count your blessings” by Willie Dickerson, TW Nov. 22, 2017)

The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) had its pledging conference last week, with mixed results. The 263 million children out of school got some good news: the countries where these children live pledged $110 billion for education programs. Donor countries and private donors have pledged $2.3 billion, falling short of the money needed to put 25 million of these children into school over the next three years. Although America has not pledged yet, Congress can still put money in the budget to help this effort. Good signs: More than 100 members of Congress have co-sponsored resolutions (House Resolution 466 and Senate Resolution 286) supporting the GPE. Also, since America has more than tripled its funding since its first pledge in 2012, we can hope and take action to continue its increased funding of the GPE. First, we can thank our representatives who co-sponsored this resolution (introduced by Rep. Reichert and co-sponsored by Reps. DelBene, Larsen, Smith, Hererra Beutler, Kilmer, and Heck) and ask our senators to do the same (S. Res. 286). Second, ask them to make sure Congress budgets money to help the GPE put 25 million children in school over the next three years. Imagine the better future for all when education helps create a more peaceful and healthier world.

Willie Dickerson

Snohomish, WA

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